Location: Ecology Centre, Tammsalen
Tamm seminar by Mohammad Bahram associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Ecology.
Bacteria and fungi are fundamentally important for global nutrient cycles by acting as key decomposers of organic matter and as important pathogenic and mutualistic symbionts in most ecosystems. These microbes are difficult to identify by conventional methods due to their great diversity as well as uncultivability. Recent advances in molecular methods have greatly facilitated the identification of microbes and advanced community ecology studies of microbes. In particular, the advent of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) techniques allows us to determine millions of genes and identify thousands of microbial taxa from a single sample. Such information provides useful insight to disentangle the effects of environmental filtering and biotic interactions in structuring microbial communities. In my talk, I will outline how we have used these methods to examine various aspects of soil microbial biogeography from the local to global scales.